Oxygen and nutrients would not be pushed around the circulatory system to nourish organs without your blood pressure. Your heart pumps blood through your arteries and moves blood to parts of your body. As your blood travels through your arteries, it puts pressure on the artery walls. This is blood pressure.

There are two numbers are used to measure blood pressure:

  1. Systolic blood pressure measures the pressure in your arteries when your heart beats.
  2. Diastolic blood pressure measures the pressure in your arteries when your heart rests between beats.

If your measurements read 110 systolic and 60 diastolic, your blood pressure reading would be, “110 over 60,” or written as, 110/60 mmHg.

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